Offering jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas and the snow-capped Kanchenjunga (Khangchendzonga), the third-largest peak in the world, Pelling, in Sikkim, is a gorgeous tourist destination. With charming houses perched atop a wooded ridge, this hill town is framed by spectacular natural forests, making it a natural paradise. Sitting at a height of 2,150 m, Pelling is a base for several trekking routes.

The cosy tourist town is also home to many prominent Buddhist monasteries and according to Buddhist texts, the word 'Pelling' refers to the religious body formed by Pema Linga, the discoverer of ancient Tibetian texts. A major attraction here is the Khangchendzonga Festival that is held annually and sees activities like kayaking, promotional trekking, traditional sports and birdwatching and white-water rafting on the Rangit (Rangeet) river. The festival also witnesses a flower exhibition, which is a colourful affair and hosts various stalls of costumes, ethnic food and traditional crafts.